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I don't know why I'm so excited for Friday, I don't have a desk job. BUT HEY, OUR CULTURE DICTATES THAT I SHARE JOY. And so I do. I'm in a fabulous mood, brought on by an excellent 2 hour massage yesterday (and the knowledge that I have another scheduled for next Friday and the Friday after...) Dude. This chick tore into my glutes and quads, just stripping those muscles of all the little ouchies and I felt like I was made of pudding afterward. Hurt so good. (It only hurt because I hadn't been in for months. Regular massage keeps everything lovely. And your skin thanks you, too! Bye bye, cellulite on my booty.)

And then I ruined it by doing a million-fifty squats and lunges today. HEY, I'M KEEPING HER IN BUSINESS.

Also, I am in the final edits for this redonkulously huge story I've been writing (huge for me) and will start posting on Monday and finally be done. Are we finished, Buffy? *cry*.

Also 2, John Ralphio said "butthole" last night, and I freaking love that character. Parks and Rec, one of the tightest comedies on TV, hands down. No wasted characters, not ever. <3

Also 3, I am not on my own PC, so I can't resize images (nor touch them up, stupid netbook with barebones on it, argh!!) but for those curious about the fake-out Kindle cover I made, it's under the cut. 5 pics, they're big, and I'm not 100% in love with it, but it's serviceable fo sho.

So this is an old book I found at my favorite boutique filled with medical maladies and Armadillo purses, etc. (There was a PERFECT book, orange leather, very old, in excellent condition, and it was $75. So. I went with this one, instead. For a first time craft, um... Yeah.)

I did coat the entire outside with Mod Podge to help the condition of the cover, because it's old enough to start cracking and peeling. (The decoration is how it came, including the author's initials in the bottom right corner.)

Here's the spine, and you can see how it's splitting - it shouldn't any more, but. Hmm. It's bugging me. (As soon as I opened it to remove the pages, it did this.) Yes, the title is "I Was A Teenage Dwarf." I mean...what? The author wrote Dobie Gillis. In case that's interesting to you.

I didn't think to take pics of me cutting out the pages, so here's what I did:

* I used an exacto knife to cut right at the inner seams on the front and back cover to remove the pages in one chunk.
* I spread ModPodge over the interior cover to make it even stiffer, etc. and applied a single sheet of felt to line the entire interior
CHANGES I WOULD MAKE: I would score the seams where the covers open and close to help it not creak. :)
* I cut pieces of batting to fit 2/3 of the covers to act as padding for my Kindle, like my old cover had.
CHANGES I WOULD MAKE: I would make the padding behind the actual Kindle far thinner, like one layer, not three. The screen is where it should be focused.
* I glued (Tacky craft glue) a piece of felt on the left cover, weighed it down until it was set, about 12 hours.
* I made a pocket, trimming it in brown ribbon (sewed) so I could slip in my light, a card, whatever
* I glued the edges of the pocket, weighed them down, etc.
* I cut out four strips of white elastic (what I had on hand), but since it's so stark, I wanted to cover that.
* So. With another piece of felt, I cut triangles large enough to hold the corners and cover the elastic.
* I sewed it all down, then glued the entire back to the felt/backing layer, letting it sit for 12 hours with a weight on it.
* Because I need to loop a finger in to pull it out/get it in, you'll notice the top right triangle has a cut in it. That's how I can get all four corners snug.
* I had a seam in the middle that I wanted to cover, so I glued down a strip of ribbon to be a bookmark fake out. Bwee.

And here is my spanking new Kindle all snugged up:

The very first picture is with my Kindle inside. It's the right thickness with the padding and my kindle to keep it the same as when it had pages in it.

Things I'll try with another book some day: I'll use a long invisible zipper along the outside to hold it closed - and will trick out the zipper fabric to look like pages. :) Scoring the felt is also another must.

Now I'm hungry. YO DESEO TACOS.


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Dec. 9th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
I just want you to know that every time you write in spanish, I have this adorable mental image of you holding a martini glass a la drunken!Santana, screaming 'no me gusta!' and threatening to go Lima Heights Adjacent on someone's ass. ♥♥♥
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: \o/
Ayeeee!! Muy bien! (Or slang here, "que bueno!")

I fully support you invisioning me that way. CARRY ON, MADAM. ;)
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Dobie Gillis? Seriously? LOVE.

I love massage, but right now I'm doing prenatal chiro. It is awesome.

Dec. 9th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm notdown with Chiro - my body doesn't respond well. But that's awesome that you have something that gives you relief! I remember the back half of being pregnant, and boy, anything that can provide a sigh and a shoulder drop is a-ok.
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
I have never tried it before, but I have decided to try out symphysis pubic dysfunction this pregnancy. Because you know how I like try new things! So I was told to go to a chiro.
Now I don't have crotch stabbies every time I take a step. YAY!

Dec. 9th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Oh you have our local treasure on your screensaver O_O. We want it back you know!!
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
It's the automatic screen saver, so don't give me bonus points, as I didn't earn them. ;)
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I am excited for your fic. Yay Monday!
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
WOOT! Glad someone is!! :D
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
That is a very nifty little cover!
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Hey! Five comments in and someone doesn't think it looks like shit, hooray!! LOL. It's not exactly how I pictured it, but seeing as I had no idea how to go about it, not too shabby.
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hahaha - I deleted the line about about how you could make millions with something like this. Seriously - some artisan type shop would love stuff like that. I don't even have a reader and I like it!
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't have it in me to work with the public on things they'd want me to change, I'm too selfish. :D

But I am glad to know it doesn't look wonky and "crafty," if you catch my drift.
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
I... have issues with someone doing that to a book (OMG HERESY!), but it is very nifty.
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I SAVED THE PAGES. Also, I only chose a book that was very poorly written. I PROMISE. That's why I couldn't take the other book, even though it was beautiful. It would have been a SIN.

(And the book is old. And the pages were musty and gross on the edges. AM I HELPING YOUR BROKEN HEART AT ALL?! *cries*)
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
I have very serious book issues and have worked with decaying books all of my life, BUT I AM SURE YOUR HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE.
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
It is such a terrible book, though, the story has no redeeming value, HONEST. I didn't rip out the innards of a long-lost volume of the Apocrypha, it didn't even go past its first printing!
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, as far as I'm concerned you put that book out of its misery. IT WAS A MERCY KILLING. Also, you reincarnated it into such an adorable, useful craft. Cutest title ever, too. I heartily approve.

PS I had a massage yesterday, too. We might as well be sisters, I swear to God.
Dec. 9th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
HA!! Agreed on all accounts. ;)

(Also, something was sent to you earlier today, so check your email for HDJM.) <3
Dec. 9th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
It was totally in the junk folder with the penis enlargement promises! Thanks so much, Stoney. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
The Kindle cover is cute! The 60's purse designer that I collect has a clutch that looks like a hardback book. I totally covet that bag.
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I bet that is VERY cute!! And thanks, btw.
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
AWESOME kindle cover!

I've pointed you to my kindle megapost, right? Lemme know if I can help any.
Dec. 10th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
Fuck yeah ninja Kindle cover! So totally stealing this idea and making one of my own, because if nothing else, I have a surplus of really neat looking old hardcover library books.

Dec. 10th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you think it looks cool, thank you! Hopefully the steps I put up will help you out some (esp. the "hey, I would do this differently" things.)

Dec. 13th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)
If you ever need to resize and edit picks on something underequipped, you could always just use the Internet: http://www.iaza.com/ has a resize tool.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
So I love massages AND Parks and Rec.

I think we need to be friends...

(sorry I am commenting like a mad woman tonight. At least I am keeping these comments under 1000 words, unlike my story comments that are novellas)
Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Both of those things are OUTSTANDING, are they not?!

And are you kidding?! I won't even move your comment email notifications out of my inbox, they cheer me up like nothing else. <3 <3
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Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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